NASA Discovers World Orbiting Unique Young Star; Watch

Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has reportedly found a young Neptune-size world orbiting AU Microscopii, a cool, nearby M-type dwarf star surrounded by a vast disk of debris.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope have recovered the planet which known as AU Mic for short.

The AU Mic is a young, nearby M dwarf star, and is surrounded by a vast debris disk in which moving clumps of dust have been tracked.

AU Mic is a cool red dwarf star with an age estimated at 20 million to 30 million years, making it a stellar infant compared to our Sun, which is at least 150 times older.

The system is located 31.9 light-years away in the southern constellation Microscopium. It is a part of a nearby collection of stars called the Beta Pictoris Moving Group, which takes its name from a bigger, hotter A-type star that harbors two planets and is likewise surrounded by a debris disk.

With inputs from nasa.gov

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